Does Banana Good for PCOS? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Banana is good for PCOS. Because it has resistant starch, potassium, and vitamin C, and they can improve insulin sensitivity, lower blood pressure, and boost immunity.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects your ovaries, the female reproductive organs that produce eggs and hormones.

In PCOS, your body produces too much of a hormone called androgen, which can interfere with the normal development and release of eggs.

This can lead to various health problems, such as irregular periods, infertility, acne, excess hair growth, weight gain, and increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.

One of the key factors in managing PCOS is diet.

What you consume can affect your insulin levels, which can impact your PCOS symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage PCOS, you should consume fiber-rich foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes, and avoid refined carbs and added sugars like white bread, pastries, soda, and candy.

Now, banana is a tropical fruit that is rich in potassium, vitamin C, and antioxidants.

People usually eat bananas raw or use them in smoothies, desserts, or baked goods.

Banana is good for PCOS because it contains resistant starch, a type of fiber that can improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar levels.

Resistant starch can also promote gut health and reduce inflammation, which are beneficial for PCOS.

One medium banana can give you about 3 grams of fiber (12% of your daily needs), 422 milligrams of potassium (9% of your daily needs), and 10 milligrams of vitamin C (11% of your daily needs).

Resistant starch can positively affect PCOS by improving your metabolic health and hormonal balance.

Potassium can positively affect PCOS by lowering your blood pressure and supporting your heart health.

Vitamin C can positively affect PCOS by boosting your immune system and protecting your cells from oxidative stress.

Furthermore, banana is a low glycemic index (GI) food and low GI foods are good for PCOS.

Because, low GI foods can prevent spikes in blood sugar and insulin, which can worsen PCOS symptoms and complications.

You can eat one or two bananas per day safely.

More than that can cause bloating, gas, or diarrhea, especially if you have a sensitive stomach.

Also, you shouldn’t eat bananas if you have an allergy to them or to latex, to prevent anaphylaxis or other allergic reactions.

Because, some people who are allergic to latex may also be allergic to bananas, as they share some proteins.

You can buy fresh bananas in your local market or can order them online.

Always choose bananas that are firm, bright yellow, and free of bruises or mold.

Because, these indicate the best quality and ripeness of the fruit.

You can store them at room temperature for up to a week, or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing PCOS effectively.

I always recommend my PCOS patients to follow a PCOS-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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